Monday, 29 June 2015

'Nature' - A Journal created for Megs Garden

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog, again today.  I hope you are still enjoying your day and I am so pleased you dropped by for another visit.  Most unusual for me to have two posts in the one day but it just so happened that my Design Team posts fell due on the same day!!

This time I would like to share with you a small Journal I have created with the stunning Forgotten Meadows Book Kit designed by Kerry-Jean Watson for Megs Garden.

These papers have some gorgeous floral graphics and I chose the lovely Wisteria for my cover.  Added a hint of colour  under the cluster with a spray and also added a little texture.

The chippies are from 2Crafty Chipboard and they were simply coloured with acrylic paint and then coated with Crackle Accents.

These lovely blooms are also from Megs Garden.   The 'Puffy Paper Flower' and the 'Mini Rose' were coloured with watered down acrylic paints.

Instead of cutting the papers for the inside to size I decided to tear all the edges and then ink them with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Found some lovely 'Nature' quotes on the net and incorporated them into my Journal.  Added some washi tape and ribbon and also some seed beads.

The first two pages ..

The pages in this booklet simply fold out.  Opening the left hand page reveals these two pages.

 Another 2Crafty Chipboard piece ...

 ... and the lovely vintage image came from the cut and create pages.

Opening the right hand side reveals these pages.

Added a little stamping on this page and sewed it around the edge.  I did quite a bit of sewing in this book, it's a great way to attach paper strips, ribbons and labels etc.

Love the brilliant colours on this butterfly.

The 'butterfly' page opens again to reveal these two pages.

I fussy cut one of the floral graphics and mounted it with some foam dots.

All the metal pieces are available at Megs Garden and I swiped them all with Ranger Metal Patina in Rust.

Here is the book fully opened.

 The back cover showing another beautiful floral graphic.  

 ... and the back of the booklet fully opened.

  I love the details on these papers.  Apart from the floral graphics there's lots of yummy crackle effects and textures .. simply stunning to work with.
To take a close look at this collection HERE is the Link.  It is available in 12 x 12 papers, a mini pack specially for card makers and also the fabulous Book Kit I've used here.  You can buy them already printed or as a digital download.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this post and gained some inspiration.  Why not go over to the Megs Garden Blog and take a look at all the fabulous projects created by the rest of the Team.  HERE is the Link.
To see all of the wonderful products Megs Garden has in store HERE is the link to the Website. 

Megs Garden products used
Forgotten Meadows Book Kit
White Heirloom Flower
Small White Roses
Puffy Paper Flower
Primrose Posy - Cream
Dodo Vine Wire
Tim Holtz Mini Gears
Vintage Trinkets - Leaves #1
Filigree long Oval
Lace - Off White 1.2cm
Lace - Cream 2.2cm
Black & White Washi Tape
More Butterflies Transparency

Thank you so much for visiting and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.
Marg oxox

My Final Post for 2Crafty Chipboard

Hello everyone and welcome to my bloggy place.  Hope you are all having a wonderful day!
Feeling a bit sad right now.  As the Title suggests this is my last post for 2Crafty as my term on the Resident Guest Design Team has ended.  It has been a wonderful experience for me.  Being on this Team with all these wonderfully talented ladies was a dream come true.   I have so enjoyed working with these amazing chippies.  Thank you so much Vanessa for having me on this incredible Team and also to you and Di for all the support you have provided along the way.  It has been a fantastic experience!!
So, onto my projects.  This time I have created an altered Gift Bag, a Tag and a card.
'The Altered Gift Bag'

2Crafty Chipboard used

6 x 6 Mixed Sentiments - card words
Bubble Clumps

I used some different colours of acrylic paint to colour the background paper and also added some texture with a stencil and texture paste and did a little stamping as well.  The Bubble Clumps were simply painted white with acrylic paint and then layered over a piece of gauze underneath my flower cluster.

I love these Dreamcatchers!!   I was a bit afraid at first that the center would be very delicate and difficult to work with but it is a lot stronger than it looks.  I painted it with gesso first and then with some blue acrylic paint.  I also used the same paint to add the accents on the feathers and swiped the edges with a Versa Color Ink Pad.

These Mixed Sentiment Words are so handy for card makers.  They are the perfect size for smaller projects and you get ten different greetings in the one pack. 

'The Tag'

2Crafty Chipboard used

Chicken Barb Wire Small
ATC Words
Ava's Butterflies
Foliage Set 2

Once again I added some stamping and texture to the background papers and also added some splatters.   All the chippies were painted with gesso first and then I used a paint dabber in 'Peeled Paint' to colour the ATC Word.

Isn't this Ava's Butterfly unusual?  So delicate and pretty.  I simply coloured it with a stamp pad and then sprinkled it with glitter.  It looks really sparkly and pretty in real life but, unfortunately, the photo doesn't quite pick that up.

The 'Peeled Paint' dabber was used on the Foliage Set 2 as well but I didn't colour it solidly.  I like that slightly mottled look, it's just a little more interesting I think.  You can just see that I added a little sparkle here as well.

I had actually painted the other side of the Chicken Barb Wire but didn't like the colour so I flipped it and found some of the gesso and paint had leeched around to the other side.  Thought I would have to cut another piece at first but then decided to swipe it with a Charcoal stamp pad and liked how it looked so used it anyway.

'The Card'

2Crafty Chipboard used

Element Set 3
Decorative Rod Set 1

How gorgeous is this Decorative Rod Set 1?  When I saw this on the product list I simply had to get it.  I normally wouldn't have chosen a piece of this length because my makes are on a smaller scale than Scrapbooking but I simply could not resist this one and, I thought I could cut it up if necessary.  Well, what a shame that would have been.  I am so pleased I was able to use it all in one piece.  I simply coloured it with a Versa Color Stamp Pad and it fitted beautifully onto my card. 
  Well, talking about cutting up some of these stunning chippies!!  I needed something to decorate this corner as it was a bit bare but I had no corner pieces left and nothing else that really suited the design.  While checking through my stash of 2Crafty Chipboard I found the Element Set 3 and cut one of the pieces in half and 'voila' .. perfect .. and I still have the other half left for another project.  Love that you can do that with these fabulous chippies.  They are so easy to adapt to your project no matter the size.
A fairly simple card made special by the addition of some stunning chippies!!
  So, that is it, my final post done and dusted.  Thank you so much everyone for looking at my work and for the lovely comments you have left for me.  I have felt honoured and so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with these wonderful chippies and to be on a Team with such amazingly talented ladies.  Thank you again to Vanessa and Di for this fantastic opportunity.  
Usually I would split my 2Crafty post and share it over a few days, one for each project but, as this is the end of the month and the new Team is about to start I thought I would share this one all at the same time.  Hope you have enjoyed it and found some inspiration here!
Thank you for visiting.  Take care, stay safe and God Bless.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Two Tags?? Cards!!

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.  Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

I'd like to share some more cards with you today. 
I actually started off by making a couple of little tags.  Just felt like doing something easy and simple.  Once they were made though, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them so decided to turn them into some cards.  Not an original idea I know, but I haven't done it before so, a first for me.

So, I'll show you the tags first and then  how they look as a card.

Tag No. 1

The papers are from Megs Garden's 'English Rose Garden' Collection and the outside measurements are 3.5" x 5".  As I said, I wanted to make something easy and simple so there is not a lot of background work on this.  Just a few splatters done with gesso.

I absolutely adore these blooms.  The pink one is the 'Carabella Rose' and the white one is a 'Puffy Paper Flower' and they are both available from Megs Garden.    The small green stamen cluster is from my stash.

Another piece I absolutely love is this 'Element Set 1' chippy from 2Crafty Chipboard.  It has simply been heat embossed.  I did say 'easy and simple' at the start of this post didn't I?  Wasn't kidding!!  LOL!!

Added some crumpled Seam Binding to the top of the Tag.  You can see some of my machine stitching didn't exactly go very well.  Had some trouble with the corners.  Ah well, it adds character I reckon!!  LOL!!

Another look  at those gorgeous flowers ...

.. and, as you can see, I added some seed beads as well.  I also slathered some gesso around the finished piece to create some highlights.

Tag No. 2

Once again the papers are from Megs Garden's 'English Rose Garden' Collection and this tag measures 3.25" x 4.5".   The sewing was done by hand this time .. no problem going around corners!

So, basically, this Tag was made in the same way as the first but, of course, I have used different colours and embellies.

The larger blooms in my cluster are all 'Puffy Paper Flowers' from Megs Garden.  They come in white and I have simply sprayed them in different colours.  The stamen cluster and the small white flower are from my stash.

The 'Mini Flourish Piece' is from 2Crafty Chipboard of course and it was simply swiped with a Versa Color Stamp Pad to give it that touch of green.

I again added some seed beads and swipes of gesso for highlights ...

... and ...

.. an extra closie, 'cos' this is my fave.  Love the spring colours!!

So, now to show you how they look as a card!!

No. 1

No. 2 

Done!!  Really simple projects which I really enjoyed making and .. I'm quite pleased with the result!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and, maybe leaving me some love.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless